Thursday, 24 February 2011

WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD

By Gerard Collings

The 22 February Christchurch earthquake is one of the worst natural
disasters in New Zealand's history. Our thoughts and wishes are
extended to the families and friends of those who have lost their
lives, and those who have sustained both physical and emotional
injury. I ask that you, the members of our community, provide
whatever support you can to those affected by this tragedy.

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board has received two proposals for
the use of approximately 18 hectares of recreational reserve
immediately adjacent to the Gun Club and golf course in Edinburgh
Street, Waikouaiti. The land is currently held under a grazing
licence by the Waikouaiti Golf Club.

In summary the proposals presented to the board in January were:

1. Highcliff Trust Equestrian Event Facility. This would include
dressage and show jumping arenas, and a cross country course. The
proposal is to provide for a high quality facility capable of hosting
the Springston Trophy competitions. It would also be available by
arrangement for use by local groups and clubs. The board is advised
that currently no such facility exists on public land in Dunedin. The
development of the land would require a substantial capital investment
by the Highcliff Trust. Under this proposal the trust would hold a
recreational licence over the land.

2. Waikouaiti Golf Club Extending Course to Eighteen Holes. This
proposal is for a three staged development of the land upgrading the
existing course to an 18 hole course. It is intended to develop the
new section of the course 3 holes at a time, again this would require
significant capital investment by the club. The club intends that the
first 3 additional holes will be commenced immediately, with the
balance of the course developed over the next 15 years. Under this
proposal the club would hold a recreational licence over the land.

Since the board meeting I have been actively working with the
Highcliff Trust and the Waikouaiti Golf Club to try to reach a
compromise solution that would see a joint and shared use of the land.
Both parties have been positive in their approach to these
negotiations. It is hoped to have this matter resolved before the end
of March.

In the meantime copies of the original proposals will be available in
the Blueskin and Waikouaiti libraries from 1 March. I would appreciate
any comments you may have with regard to the respective proposals.

The Dunedin City Council is finalising its Draft Annual Plan, with
public consultation on the draft plan scheduled to commence in March.
We urge you to take the time to participate in the consultation and
submission process.

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meets next at 5.30pm on 2 March
at Warrington Surf Club social rooms, and on 6 April at Puketeraki
Marae.

Members of the public wishing to speak at the public forum need to
advise Jane Hinkley our Governance Support Officer (Phone 474 3374)
before 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting. In addition to the
public forum board members will be available to meet informally with
members of the public between 4.30 and 5.30pm at the venue on the day
of the meeting.

Remember you can view the board's meeting agendas, reports and minutes
at the Blueskin Library or through the DCC's website at
www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/council-minutes

Members of the board are only too happy to hear (by phone or email)
from members of the community about any issues within our area.

Board Contacts Home Work Mobile email
Gerard Collings (Chairperson), 4657604
4707494 0274848800 gerard.collings@xtra.co.nz
Alasdair Morrison (Deputy), 4822505 4822505 0274354384 info@calmarine.co.nz
Andy Barratt, 021890048 021890048 asbarratt@farmside.co.nz
Andrew Noone 4657157 0274301727 anoone@dcc.govt.nz
Geraldine Tait, 4822517 0212175492 gstait@clear.net.nz
Les Pullar, 4658138 0274358020 lesgwen.pullar@xtra.co.nz
Mark Brown, 4822833 blueskin@xtra.co.nz

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